Press Freedom as an International Human Right

  • Wiebke¬†Lamer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Wiebke Lamer
    Pages 1-16
  3. Wiebke Lamer
    Pages 71-99
  4. Wiebke Lamer
    Pages 129-145
  5. Wiebke Lamer
    Pages 147-155
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-158

About this book


This book examines why press freedom has not become part of the established international human rights debate, despite its centrality to democratic theory. It argues that an unrestricted press is not just an important economic actor, but also an influential power in the political process, a status that interferes with government interests of sustaining their own power and influence. Despite the popularity of ideational explanations in the field of human rights studies, in the case of promoting press freedom, considerations of power and strategic interests rather than ideas dominate state behavior. The author makes the case that the current place of press freedom in the human rights debate needs to be rethought not only in developing countries, but in liberal democracies as well. 
Wiebke Lamer is Fellow at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, Italy.


International Human Rights Legislation Press Freedom as Human Right Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century Civil Rights in Modern Democracies Journalism under authoritarian regimes infringements on freedom of the press international promotion and protection of human rights United Nations and press freedom

Authors and affiliations

  • Wiebke¬†Lamer
    • 1
  1. 1.European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)VeniceItaly

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